What would it mean to you to live from a fearless place of creativity and inspiration? To jump out of bed every morning, totally grateful and excited to begin another day on this side of the grass? It would mean living from your passion.
What does living from your passion mean?
Living from your passion means finding the courage to examine the obstacles that are holding you back from living your best, most elegant life. It means finding a creative way to not only make peace with your past but celebrating how far you’ve come and how much you’ve learned since then.
It means giving yourself every chance with every breath to start again.
It means doing a little time traveling – going back and reuniting with your first (or perhaps only) child – the one inside you.
It means bringing that child with you to live where you live now and giving that child permission to be curious and excited and silly…and happy. This is serious play – to learn to play all over again as an adult…for some of us, this could be playing for the first time in decades.
It means summoning the spirit of an explorer and boldly going where no “you” may have gone before because this will involve examining the values and beliefs with which you negotiate the world.
Right this moment, would you give over total control of your entire life to a 9-yr old child? Even if that was your 9-yr old self?
Research in human development has discovered that the values and beliefs with which we negotiate the adult world were set firmly in place by the time we were 9-yrs old. The 9-yr old has searched and found answers to such questions as:
Who loves me? Who cares what I think? May I ask for what I need? What are my talents? My strengths and weaknesses? Am I smart? Capable? Athletic? Creative?
But the most important question that gets answered by our 9-yr old self is, Am I enough just the way I am?
Every choice and decision, from that moment on, is weighed and measured by our conclusions about how the world works. We have decided, with our 9-yr old child’s brain, how the world is and these beliefs have formed the basis for our adult lives.
It would stand to reason that if, as an adult, we haven’t explored our values and beliefs in a manner that allows us to determine if they are what we truly believe or if they were handed to us by our parents, our family, and our society, can we truly say they are ours? And more important, how do we know if they serve us at this stage in our lives?
What if there is a more inspired way to negotiate the world?
That is one of the many reasons that I wrote Saving Your Own Life: Learning to Live Like You Are Dying. I decided to take responsibility for my life off of the shoulders of my 9-yr old self. I decided to become, in a creative way, my own mother and father and give myself the things that a nurturing mother and a guiding father would give me. I learned to nourish and love and support my eldest child…and to let that kid be a kid.
The Saving Your Own Life process evolved out of necessity. In a little over 10 years, I experienced the deaths of 15 friends and family, including my mom and dad. I used my creativity to help me heal. I opened myself to mind-sparks of inspiration from many sources – reading the works of teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Thich Nhat Hanh, Viktor Frankl, and Carl Jung; I received inspiration when I talked with others; but most of all, when I became quiet and listened to the inner voice of inspiration that revealed itself when I opened my mind and my heart, through creative writing.
Creativity, as I define it, is being open to possibilities. It is that simple. It is enough right now to simply consider the possibility that you don’t know what you don’t know.
Are you willing to discover something new about yourself?
Because I love and live through my own passion, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that your playful inner child is waiting to reunite with you.
How do I know? Because I am no different than you. You are no different than me. Creativity and inspiration are our birthrights as human beings! We are worthy of this wonder simply by being born!
There is a choice to be made – you must be willing to adopt the mindset of a beginner – to become a student of diverse teachers, of other people, of the world, but most of all, of your own life.
There are wonderful, joyful, exciting things to be learned from your own life! Your own life is Your Ultimate Teacher.
Many people believe that they are not creative. This is the first door you must open in order to begin. Consider the possibility! Think what if?
I love this quote from actor Sarah Jones – Hurt people hurt people, but guess what? Free people free people.
Creative people are free. When we are creative, we are the freest we will ever be. We owe it to ourselves to bring that gift to life.
Do you know anyone who would not simply like, but deeply LOVE, to create Something Coloured Beautiful today?